move back and forth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v move back and forth move in one direction and then into the opposite direction
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Usage

In literature:

It moved back and forth, but it was never more than three cars behind him, and usually only one.
"Damned If You Don't" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Back and forth moved the finger, now hovering here and there in hesitation, now lifted to her lips in silent uncertainty.
"Special Messenger" by Robert W. Chambers
The shadows of the trees moved back and forth slowly.
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
Back and forth the object moved, lightly and without sound.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
But as she moved back and forth at her tasks she watched him, and her eyes glittered.
"Country Neighbors" by Alice Brown
And Ignacio gritted his teeth and simply glared at him, following back and forth his every move, as a cat might.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
It was empty, and the hammer moved back and forth at the touch of my finger.
"Montezuma's Castle and Other Weird Tales" by Charles B. Cory
So the star seems to move a little back and forth.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
We listened; no sound of voices from the living room; then I got the tramp of feet that moved back and forth in there.
"The Million-Dollar Suitcase" by Alice MacGowan
One of them tentatively reached out and hovered over their heads, moving uncertainly back and forth.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

And the dragon's body
Moved his scaly neck,
At her shoulder snaking
Whiplike forth and back.
"Fairy Tale" by Boris Pasternak
On Dante's track by some funereal spell
Drawn down through desperate ways that lead not back
We seem to move, bound forth past flood and fell
On Dante's track.
"In Guernsey - To Theodore Watts" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Now we're traveling, what holds back
Arrival, in the very track
Where the urge put forth; so we stay
And move a thousand miles a day.
Time's a Fancy ringing bells
Whose meaning, charlatan history, tells!
"Ironic: LL.D." by William Stanley Braithwaite
One by one in two's and three's, the seagulls keep
flying back and forth over the town clock,
or sailing around the lighthouse without moving their wings —
rising steadily with a slight
quiver of the body — or flock
mewing where
"The Steeple-Jack" by Marianne Moore

In news:

Looking at the painting, you can move back and forth between seeing the scene and seeing an abstract pattern of brush strokes and color.
"I turned the penthouse of The Bowery in to my studio … I have a studios in Paris and L.A. so I go back and forth," Domingo Zapata said as he moved intimately among a crowd of familiar faces.
At the same time, in order to build suspense and to keep a fast pace in a documentary, it can be a good idea to move back and forth in time.
When you're moving back and forth between two applications, having their taskbar buttons next to each other is convenient.
Press four fingers against the temporal muscle and move them back and forth, up and down or in a circular motion.
The move followed a long, back-and-forth debate by members of the county's Parks Advisory Committee over the best way to tackle reported problems at Whitely Landing, which is off River Loop 1 and Chapman Drive.
While one set of parts is moving up and down vertically the other is more or less in a horizontal (back and forth) motion.
Some — Scorsese, Varda, Demme — could even make a legitimate claim of being bi, having moved back and forth between the two for their entire careers.
Grand Ukulele moves back and forth between percussive instrumental tracks similar to what you might hear Rodrigo y Gabriela play while on vacation in Hawaii, to lush orchestral tracks as soothing as a tropical sunset.
"They move money back and forth and it is very important to keep their records separate," says Edward Wacks, a business financial advisor based in Plantation, Fla.
The "Dirge for Two Veteran" moves back and forth between military music and shimmering "moon music " for these words.
Right now, pallets move back and forth between Canada and the United States without the special treatment that's required under ISPM 15.
I go back and forth between Spirited Away (2001) and Howl's Moving Castle (2004) as to which is my favorite Hayao Miyazaki film.
Simply stated, any object that moves back and forth is vibrating .
We were watching the lazy current move the willow leaves back and forth.
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In science:

Then look at the frame on the computer screen with two images side by side and moving back and forth till the two images merge in each other.
Stereography using a single lens
In other words, only the ”right” photon can proceed forward, and thus detection of a photon at either detector D1 or D2 guarantees that the desired entangled state is produced, even though the photon may have moved back and forth many times on the way to the detector.
Scalable cavity-QED-based scheme of generating entanglement of atoms and of cavity fields
The demand on low loss is particularly high if entanglement is to be generated between a large number of atoms as the flying qubit needs to travel a long distance, or if the adiabatic condition is not met and the photon may have to move back and forth between the cavities many times.
Scalable cavity-QED-based scheme of generating entanglement of atoms and of cavity fields
If ξ0 (0) = 0 instead, then the walk rapidly moves to the first particle on its left, where it starts to rapidly jump back and forth in a trap.
Law of large numbers for non-elliptic random walks in dynamic random environments
Both are located on a rail and can be moved back and forth along the beam axis.
Laue lenses for hard X-/soft Gamma-rays: new prototype results
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